Young children have a real curiosity. They have a drive to learn new concepts. Topics in school then grow hard. Interest for learning fades. Fear of failure takes hold. When fear manifests an increased risk of getting unmotivated happens.

Apply the three C’s to combat this issue: 

  • Connection
  • Contribution
  • Competence

The three C's reduce the fear of failure. They also promote healthy learning.

Research on the success of students is too narrow a concept.

Motivation: The Overlooked Sixth Component of Reading is about how children grow academic skills. The needed skills for college and career readiness. Motivation is often missed. It does not exactly relate to academic skills.

Motivation relates to the attitudes and behaviors that occur when children learn. It includes:

  • The innate need to learn.
  • The system of incentives and disincentives that others bring to the table.
  • The fear students have of failing.

Students sometimes grow a fear of failure when the curiosity of learning wears off.

This replaces the learning process. A scared student can not learn as effectively. Mainly at an early age when confidence and motivation are easily influenced.

The "Three C’s" are vital in early childhood education.

  • Connection: the concept of happiness. Also the comfort of being the building blocks of learning.
  • Contribution: making a student comfortable in group discussions
  • Competence: helping your student feel like they have grasped a subject. Also that they are comfortable sharing what they learned.
The three C’s [are] a “critical ingredients for a healthy child and youth development." - Martha Farrell Erickson, PhD.

Feeling comfortable is linked to increased learning

Youth curiosity lessens as they grow. Learning starts to feel like work while at school. Creating a dislike to school. The desire to learn dwindles. Motives are no longer seen. Leading to the fear of failure.            

Happy and comfortable students learn better. Giving learners detailed feedback on their progress builds competence. Show students their strengths to allow them to: 

  • Reflect
  • Gain power
  • Proceed carefully with their studies

Key Takeaways:

Children tend to be lumped as motivated or unmotivated.
The three C’s for healthy youth development—connection, contribution, and competence.
Observe and reflect on children's work for them to be successful.

Students need goals and useful feedback

Feedback: Words are powerful, by author Heather Lambert makes the following points about learning.

Martha Farrell Erickson, PhD, spots the three C’s as a “critical ingredients for a healthy child and youth development.” They are critical for educating any child. They also reverse early damage done to self-esteem. The damage can cause blocks in motivation.

Students who feel happy and comfortable are more apt to keep learning. Connecting with our children helps build trust. It also helps teach the child. Dr. Ross Greene, psychology professor at Harvard University, explained that all children would perform if each have the necessary skills to complete the task.

Children today either struggle or thrive. There are three critical parts to raise the “want” to learn—connection, contribution, and competence.

  • Children must feel they are invested in a good thing.
  • Many children will allow the fear of failure to wreck their education.
  • If the child has chances handed to them to feel like they can reach success, they will.

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